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Evidence on the returns to secondary vocational education

Economics of Education Review Volume 26, Number 5 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Vocational education in high schools has frequently been stigmatized as an anachronistic, dead-end path for students. We use data from the National Education Longitudinal Survey of 1988 to examine claims that students on a vocational track would benefit from a more academically rigorous education. Clearly, selection bias confounds attempts to untangle the effects of academic tracking on income after high school. Using an econometric framework that accounts for this bias, we find evidence of comparative advantage in tracking.


Meer, J. Evidence on the returns to secondary vocational education. Economics of Education Review, 26(5), 559-573. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .

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